WEEKLY CA WATER NEWS DIGEST for January 6 through 11
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This week’s featured articles …
Metropolitan Water District begins drawing down stored water in Lake Mead
“If there is no Drought Contingency Plan, we don’t want to leave potentially half a million acre-feet or more locked up in Lake Mead if we go into shortage,” says General Manager Jeff Kightlinger
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Water Planning & Stewardship Committee, Metropolitan officials said that with no Drought Contingency Plan in place (Arizona being the hold out), they are beginning to draw down their storage in Lake Mead.
DR. JEFF MOUNT: Ecosystem Water Budgets: A Novel Approach to Managing Water for the Environment
Dr. Jeff Mount has a long history of involvement with science issues in the Delta. As a professor at UC Davis, he started the Center for Watershed Sciences, which became home to researchers working on the Delta; he was on the first iteration of the Delta Independent Science Board and eventually became its chair; and he has been a very public voice on science in the Delta and how to address its many problems. After 34 years of being a professor at UC Davis, he retired to help Ellen Hanak start the Water Policy Center at the Public Policy Institute of California. Today he is a senior fellow there, focusing his efforts on trying to bridge science and policy. At a Brown Bag Seminar held in the fall of 2018, he gave this presentation about managing freshwater systems with ecosystem water budgets.
METROPOLITAN WATER PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: Coordinated Operations Agreement for the SWP/CVP, Voluntary settlement agreements
At the January meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa updated the Committee with details on the Voluntary Settlement Agreement that was proposed to the State Water Board, the renegotiated Coordinated Operations Agreement (COA) for the State Water Project (SWP) and the Central Valley Project (CVP), and the status of the reconsultation on the biological opinions for the operation of the SWP and the CVP.
BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: A Review of Water Quality Science in the Delta: Chemical contaminants and nutrients
As part of its charge to review science activities that support adaptive management in the Delta, the Delta Independent Science Board (DISB) has completed a review of the scientific basis for assessing water quality in the Delta. The review focused on chemical contaminants and nutrients and assessing how water quality information is being used in management decisions, especially for supporting adaptive management. The DISB has published the review, which has four main findings, along with ten general findings that are accompanied by specific recommendations.
At the 2018 Bay Delta Science Conference, Dr. Tracy Collier gave a presentation summarizing the findings and recommendations.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Trump asks Supreme Court to resolve groundwater fight; California moves, haltingly, towards a post-lawn future; After the fire: Blazes pose hidden threat to the West’s drinking water; Government shutdown: How science research is grinding to a halt; Rivers in the sky: What you need to know about atmospheric river storms; Lawsuit over microplastics in Nestle water thrown out; 2019 will be a big year for water; Here’s the research to watch in 2019; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: Next storm to set its sights on West Coast by midweek; State’s retiring snow guru talks snowpack tech and California water; From Brown to Newsom, California To See New Style, Substance; A moonshot for solving America’s water crisis; Huge trash-collecting boom in Pacific Ocean breaks apart; Insects show the healing of toxic metal mining scars; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: A change of power as a liberal state pushes further to the left; As Gavin Newsom Becomes Governor, How He Could Shape California’s Future—Issue By Issue; Storm poised to slam Sierra, dump another 2 feet of snow; Five Years in the Making: California is One Step Closer to a Comprehensive Update to the CEQA Guidelines; An Engineering Wunderkind’s Ocean Plastics Cleanup Device Hits a Setback; Government shutdown: Democrats poised to block Senate work; The biggest issues for wildlife and endangered species; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: Newsom inherits a ‘whole bunch of headaches’ despite last-minute water deals by Brown; State regulation would broaden wetlands rule; California water board outlines $606 million bill assistance program; Federal shutdown has mixed impact for farms, ranches; Suit targets Trump Administration for failing to protect threatened California species; Trump tells FEMA not to send any more money to California for fires; Arizona drought-plan issues remain as federal Jan. 31 deadline nears; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: The shape of water: When ag water management pays off; January storms benefit Sierra snowpack; Congressman Garamendi reintroduces bill to establish ‘Delta Heritage Area’; Government shutdown having major impact on wildfire prevention efforts in California, officials say; California Republicans Object After Trump Threatens Wildfire Aid; Trump ‘weaponized’ disaster aid against political opponents; Shutdown, additional requests for water could disrupt Arizona drought plan; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: California water projects could be tapped to pay for Trump’s border wall; San Francisco sues state over potentially drastic reductions; Fight over water heads to court: Irrigation districts sue the State Board; For the first time ever, zero Delta smelt found in CDFW Fall Midwater Trawl; Gavin Newsom budget calls for drinking water tax to help poor communities; Supreme Court to decide if CEQA review is required for well permits; Parade of storms to bring soaking rain and feet of snow to California through next week; Forests, farms, and the global carbon sink: it’s happening; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
This week’s breaking news …
- THIS JUST IN … San Francisco joins lawsuit challenging State’s process for Bay-Delta Plan (Thursday afternoon)
- THIS JUST IN … DWR Finalizes Basin Prioritizations under SGMA (Last Friday afternoon)
News worth noting this week …
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Recharge roundtable call to action: Key steps for replenishing California groundwater; Metropolitan invests in future development of local water supplies
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: On first full day in office, Governor Newsom appoints secretaries for CalEPA and CA Dept. of Food and Agriculture, announces executive actions to strengthen CA’s emergency preparedness and response
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: Michael George Begins Second Four-Year Term as Delta Watermaster; Notice: Validation of State Water Project, Water Supply Contract Extension Amendments
- NEWS WORTH NOTING: State agencies track five years of progress on CA Water Action Plan; Yuba Water Agency reaches significant milestone in relicensing its facilities
Weekly features …
- RESERVOIR AND WATER CONDITIONS for January 7, 2019
- BLOG ROUND-UP: CVP “No Harm” deal; Spring Delta export restrictions, Water deals, part 2; Delta activists welcome Governor Newsom; True California water leadership; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: Insects show the healing of toxic metal mining scars; Tree rings: Looking back on old growth to predict the future; The long memory of the Pacific Ocean; Research to watch in 2019; and more …
Announcements this week …
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ SSJDC Hiring~ DPC Chair~ Sherman Island~ Lodi Antiques~ DPC Meeting ~~
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~ Webinar Posted~ Action Plan~ Basin Prioritization~ Commission Meeting~ Flood-MAR Session~ GRA Conference~ Climate Webinar ~~
- WATER SUPPLY INDEX for January 1, 2019
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